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Trial to begin for Glastonbury businessman charged in trafficking ring

Bruce Bemer (Danbury Police)

DANBURY — A Connecticut businessman is scheduled to go on trial in connection with a human trafficking ring that police say preyed on mentally ill and intellectually disabled boys and young men for more than 20 years.

State prosecutors are scheduled to begin presenting evidence to a jury Monday in Danbury Superior Court in the trial of Bruce Bemer. The Glastonbury resident and owner of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl racetrack has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including patronizing underage trafficking victims and accessory to human trafficking.

Authorities identified 15 alleged victims of the trafficking ring, but say there could be hundreds more.

Two other men were arrested. Robert King, of Danbury, has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. William Trefzger, of Westport, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison.

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